Many times I’ve wanted (or needed) to know the font that was used in a specific kit.
For example, here is a cool finger pointing sticker from Outdoor Dad by Brandy Murry. I really like the font she used on the finished stickers, but I wanted to use the same font to create a sticker of my own with the blank one she provided.
Just last week I came across a new-to-me font identifying website. I was a little skeptical. I’ve tried many of these types of sites and they never pan out for me. Check this out . . .
What I liked about WhatFontIs.com is that I can upload a file from a scrapbook kit, have it analyzed, and within seconds I know what font the designer used. It worked great, but there were a few things that made the process much smoother for me. So, I wanted to share them with you.
1. Registering is not necessary. They kind of make it look like you need to register. You don’t. I didn’t register, and it worked fine for me.
2. Crop and apply a Threshold adjustment first. Trust me on this one; spend a second giving your word art strips a little adjustment before uploading them to the website. Here’s how:
Step One: Open a word art file (File > Open).
This is the font I want to identify. Just to be on the safe side, I duplicated the file and closed the original.
Step Two: Crop out any unnecessary things.
Get the Rectangular Marquee tool with a Feather of 0. Drag a selection outline around the type. In the Menu Bar, choose Image > Crop. Then, deselect.
Step Three: Apply a Threshold adjustment.
In Photoshop Elements, choose Filter > Adjustments > Threshold. (In Photoshop, choose Image > Adjustments > Threshold.) In the dialog box, move the slider until only the type is filled with black. Then, click OK.
Note: Try to get the type as clean as possible without any background noise. Extra grunge around the letters that is not part of the font will make the identification process difficult.
Note: Pure white elements will not turn black. For these, slide the Threshold slider all the way to the right and click OK. Then press Ctrl I (Mac: Cmd I) to invert the color to black.
Step Four: Save the file as a JPG (File > Save As).
Save the file to your desktop so that you can find it easier. Make sure not to overwrite the original!
Note: Transparent pixels are not recognized correctly within the identifier software. For that reason, if the type is surrounded by transparent pixels, you should save the file as a JPG.
3. Be smart and follow the instructions on the WhatFontIs website. For this word art, I had to tell them that the background is lighter than the font. I also had to help them compile the G because it is a little grungy looking. All this is easy and quick if you just read the instructions. 😀
Hey! As it turns out, the font Brandy Murry used on her pointer stickers is Weston-Light-Free. Now I can make as many pointing stickers as I want and they will all match!!
- This site will NOT work for every unique situation.
- Font identification sites are often affiliated with sites that offer paid fonts.
- Once your font is identified, Google the name of the font to see if there is a free version available.
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Author: Jen White | Contact Us
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